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Lenses / Re: Minimum Aperture
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:30:57 AM »
I am not a lens developer, but as far as I can make out it appears to be a direct result of lens specifications. A lens optimized for large apertures will not necessarily offer very small ones. Your 50mm lens is a prime example of this. Then again some lenses offer extremely small apertures, but I doubt that those lenses have been designed for minimized apertures. It is just possible without much ado to deliver extremely small apertures with some lens designs (for example tele lenses) and it is more difficult for other lens designs with shorter focal lengths (for example standard range zooms like the 24-70mm). There are some articles on CanonRumours about lens design, which will shed more light on this topic compared to the tiny bits of information I can provide.

You do appear to ignore that there are people shooting other people in studios. A 5D body format won't do any good to people shooting a lot in portrait orientation.

Landscape photographers are not the only target group and I suspect landscape photographers are not even the primary target group. Do you see many people running around shooting landscapes with medium format cameras? I can't remember seeing a single one. For sure there may be some, who do, but not too many.

My reasoning is that the new model will come in a 1D body with a pricetag similar to, but possibly a bit lower compared to the 1D-X. Why?

Without Nikon's D800 in the market I would expect Canon to use a price tag higher than the 1D-X, because then they would compete only with medium format cameras or the older D3X, which would enable Canon to confidently ask for a very high price tag, without customers likely to complain about it.

Now given that people are purchasing D800s Canon is likely to use a lower market entry price to divert a significant amount of consumers, who might otherwise purchase D800s.

I do hope that this is not only wishful thinking on my side.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said Canon cameras suck?!?
« on: September 26, 2012, 11:21:55 AM »
If the expected sensor improvements are similar to autofocus improvements between 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III all the whining may at least lead to something worthwhile.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX (Jpeg)
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:30:20 AM »
I shoot in RAW+JPEG (for previews) most of the time using both 5D Mark III and 1D-X. I don't do and I won't do any side by side tests, but I get the impression that the out-of-camera JPEGs of the 1D-X are better compared with the 5D Mark III, which appears to me to have been designed primarily for RAW shooters.

Although I do post-processing on RAW files only, I have experimented with post-processing JPEGs as well and Adobe Lightroom does a pretty good job there, so you do have an option, even though RAW files are better suited to post-processing.

Canon General / Re: One for Canon Europe - Canon Ireland or Canon Retailer
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:47:44 AM »
Just look at some of the other countries and you may feel like a Celtic Tiger again.

There are much worse places compared to Ireland. I don't need to drop names here. Some countries are regularly in the news for a reason.

Another variant may be Canon coming up with a 35mm fsomething IS similar to the new 24mm and 28mm offerings. Canon does replace old lenses, which do not sell well. The problem with this may be when? I don't see this as a high priority issue for Canon.

Canon General / Re: One for Canon Europe - Canon Ireland or Canon Retailer
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:13:47 AM »
I am neither working for Canon nor for a retailer, but I know the situation (having done business with several Canon retailers in other countries).

Prices are set depending on the expected sales situation in a given region. If a region is perceived as being more well-to-do compared to others, then prices are higher, sometimes much higher.

I can only advise to import from other EU-countries. If many do the same, prices for Canon products in Ireland will drop, because locally retailers will sell less. As long as people appear to keep buying at higher prices, the prices will stay up.

Although it is quite understandable to be angry, because of the inconvenience, you might do some price comparisons on vacation to countries with extremely high prices. Then you will come to like Irish prices better (not in absolute terms, but at least in comparison).

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Big Megapixel Camera From Canon - Grip or No Grip?
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:13:07 PM »
You might want to add an option:
Will buy the camera even without built-in grip, but will purchase add-on grip for portrait orientation shooting.

Well, I have never lost any images on Sandisk cards. Losing images on either brand cards would be a game changer for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:39:54 PM »
I believe the oldest variant is Canikon, isn't it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:31:09 PM »
Ramon, in my humble opinion you are quite correct, but this appears to be a pretty one-sided conversation.

Is it just me or is someone in this forum only to spread funny looking emoticons?

Is this a Lexar stockholder reunion or what's up?

If two cards are rated at the same specs, what would be the reason to buy Lexar, if you can get a fully equivalent product from Sandisk for a better price? If Lexar is cheaper, I don't mind buying Lexar, but as long as Sandisk offers for a better price, I am buying theirs. If prices are equal, I won't care either way.

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Gorillapod for ground level Macro work?
« on: September 25, 2012, 08:57:34 AM »
I have also used the SLR Zoom Gorilla pod. For small bodies up to a 50D or 60D with a smallish lens this is okay, but it doesn't hold up to a 70-200mm or similarly sized lens on a small body nor to a regular sized L lens with a heavier body such as a gripped 7D.

If your macro equipment would consist of a 60mm lens and a 60D or something similar, you might be ok, but with a 5D Mark III and a 100mm lens it is not a good idea.


Eventually you will bite the bullet and purchase one of those nice L lenses. The EF 35mm f1.4L is even one of the cheaper L lenses.

Then suddenly you will be in a hurry to replace anything non-L with more L lenses. You get the picture...

With a 7D you are already poised to purchase L lenses. Should all those megapixels go to waste with lesser glass?

Next thing you know you will be upgrading to a 5D Mark III. Feels similar to a 7D, just with different image quality.

Now imagine Canon selling you a 35mm f1.8 for let's say 400$. There is already a 35mm f2 available, which is even cheaper. There would be no L goodness, no reason to purchase more. You might just end up as a customer lost to upselling/upgrading.

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